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Sapphire Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:27 PM
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Stop Threatened Cuts With a Phone Call (If anyone cares)
Email from the Coalition on Human Needs (http://www.chn.org )...

Stop Threatened Cuts With a Phone Call!


Why it's worth taking strong measures to make sure we all call our Members of Congress.
The U.S. House will vote on the appropriations bill for Labor-Health and Human Services-Education this week. Your call is needed to ensure a strong yes vote.


The President has threatened to veto the bill unless Congress agrees to cut programs that serve health, jobs, nutrition, home energy, and education needs.


CALL TOLL-FREE: 800-965-4701 Tuesday, July 17 - say yes to human needs funding, and no to cuts!


If Representatives know their constituents are watching, they will be far less likely to vote against human needs funding. Make sure they know we're watching!


The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote soon on funding for Labor, Health and Human Services and Education departments - maybe Wednesday, July 18. We need a big, bipartisan yes vote for these vital services.


A simple message: call 800-965-4701 - ask to be connected to your U.S. Representative.
Tell the staffer who answers: "Hello, I'm _______, a constituent of Representative ______. Please tell him/her to vote FOR the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. It rejects cuts proposed by the President and instead makes modest gains in education, home energy aid, employment programs, and public health. A vote for this bill is in our district's interest."


Why your call matters. The President has threatened to veto funding that exceeds his proposals - and his proposals sharply reduce job training, home heating and cooling aid, mental health care, nutrition for the elderly, rural health and other community services, while letting inflation shrink early childhood education and afterschool care, and many vital public health and education programs. After a final bill is worked out between the House and Senate, it will take a two-thirds vote in each body to reject a presidential veto. A strong vote in the House now might discourage a veto; if not, it will help us demand consistent support for these critical needs.


Why your call matters even if you're pretty sure your Rep. will vote the right way. Every Member of Congress needs to know people care about funding for basic services. We want to be able to say that many thousands nationwide cared enough to call.


No - we can't chain you to your phone. But hey - in 5 minutes you can send a message that pushes Congress towards meeting human needs - the right priorities.


Please forward this message to everyone you know, and thanks!


The toll-free number is provided courtesy of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization whose work for social justice, peace, and humanitarian service includes campaigns for a moral budget and a fair minimum wage (http://www.afsc.org/economic-justice /). AFSC welcomes groups to circulate and use the toll-free number to support specific policies that promote economic justice and human rights, and without linking the alert to a website soliciting donations or actions which may be used to support partisan lobbying or work.

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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:33 PM
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1. remember compassionate conservatism?
"Where there is suffering, there is duty. Americans in need are not strangers, they are citizens, not problems, but priorities. And all of us are diminished when any are hopeless.

Government has great responsibilities for public safety and public health, for civil rights and common schools. Yet compassion is the work of a nation, not just a government.

And some needs and hurts are so deep they will only respond to a mentor's touch or a pastor's prayer. Church and charity, synagogue and mosque lend our communities their humanity, and they will have an honored place in our plans and in our laws.

Many in our country do not know the pain of poverty, but we can listen to those who do.

And I can pledge our nation to a goal: When we see that wounded traveler on the road to Jericho, we will not pass to the other side."

George W. Bush, lying in his first inaugural address

"America's children must also have a healthy start in life. In a new term, we will lead an aggressive effort to enroll millions of poor children who are eligible but not signed up for the government's health insurance programs. We will not allow a lack of attention, or information, to stand between these children and the health care they need." George W. Bush, lying in his acceptance speech

"Another priority in a new term will be to help workers take advantage of the expanding economy to find better and higher-paying jobs. In this time of change, many workers want to go back to school to learn different or higher-level skills. So we will double the number of people served by our principal job training program and increase funding for our community colleges." ibid

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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 03:56 AM
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2. kick for the early morning crowd n/t
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 05:05 AM
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3. another kick
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 07:22 AM
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4. k&r nt
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 02:23 PM
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5. Bush only vetoes extra spending when Democrats propose it
http://www.crosswalk.com/news/11545049 /

He's such a uniter

"House Minority Leader John Boehner's (R-Ohio) press secretary, Brian Kennedy, lashed out at congressional Democrats."

NOT
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